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Taliban condemns US exit strategy from Afghanistan
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

KABUL, May 28: Taliban insurgents today denounced US plans to keep troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2016, threatening to wage war against the occupation until the very last foreign soldier pulls out.
 
Outlining the US strategy to end America's longest war, 15 years after the September 11 attacks, President Barack Obama confirmed yesterday that the 32,000-strong US deployment in Afghanistan would be scaled back to around 9,800 by the start of 2015....

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Singapore activists warn of surging xenophobia
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SINGAPORE, May 28: Guest workers and expatriates are increasingly the target of xenophobic attacks on social media, Singapore's leading activists groups warned today.
 
There is evidence of the widespread use of racist, aggressive and militarised rhetoric against foreigners on social networks, said a press release issued by 12 independent groups including Maruah, Singapore's main human rights group....

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Sisi eyes big turnout as Egypt election wraps up
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

CAIRO, May 27: Egypt was wrapping up a presidential election today with frontrunner ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi eyeing a strong turnout to give credibility to his overthrow of the elected Islamist president.
 
The retired field marshal's supporters have expressed fears of a low turnout after the first day of voting, as Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and secular dissidents called for a boycott....

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Thai protesters defy junta and labels
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

BANGKOK, May 27: From teachers and tour guides to financial consultants, a small band of anti-coup protesters from a spectrum of Thailand's divided society is taking to the streets to defy the kingdom's new junta.
 
Their message to the military rulers -- return power to the people.
 
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Filipino event in Singapore scrapped after drawing abuse
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

SINGAPORE, May 27: A Philippine independence day celebration in Singapore has been cancelled, organisers said today, after plans for a public event generated online abuse and threats against Filipinos in the city-state.
 
"In view of all considerations in the search for equivalent suitable venues, the PIDC 2014 deemed it is best to cancel the event," the Pilipino Independence Day Council (PIDC) said in a statement sent to AFP....

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Indonesia religion minister quits over graft allegations
Monday, May 26, 2014

JAKARTA, May 26: Indonesia's religious affairs minister resigned today after being accused of misusing funds that were supposed to help Muslims go on pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.
 
The anti-corruption agency last week named Suryadharma Ali a suspect in its investigation into alleged graft in the organisation of the hajj, or pilgrimage, to Saudi Arabia in 2012-13.
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Thai junta chief gets royal nod, threatens protesters (Updated)
Monday, May 26, 2014

BANGKOK: May 26: Thailand's coup leader received royal endorsement to lead the politically divided kingdom today and quickly threatened to crack down on any further agitation after a weekend of angry protests.   The palace officially appointed army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha as leader of a military junta that has deposed...

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Thai army detains ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra
Friday, May 23, 2014

BANGKOK: Several media have reported that deposed Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have been detained by the military which staged a coup earlier this week. The BBC reported that Shinawatra and a number of family members and politicians have been detained, as leaders of the nation's military coup tighten their grip on power. ...

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Thai junta summons ousted leaders, street protests held
Friday, May 23, 2014

BANGKOK: Thailand's new military junta summoned ousted government leaders on Friday after it seized power, as opponents of the coup engaged in a tense confrontation with soldiers enforcing martial law.
 
The kingdom's tough-talking army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha deposed the civilian government on Thursday, the latest twist in years of escalating political turmoil in a move that drew a chorus of international criticism....

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International alarm mounts over Thai coup
Friday, May 23, 2014

HONG KONG, May 23: - Allies and key trading partners today expressed disquiet over Thailand's coup, demanding a quick return to civilian rule as some warned against travel to the prime tourist destination. Japanese auto giants that have invested heavily in Thailand were forced to stop night operations at their factories to comply with a curfew imposed by the new junta, which seized power yesterday in a move the United States said had no justification....

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